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COVID-19 Vaccines + Flu Shots

Please read on for information about how Hurricane Ian is impacting our vaccination operations.

Due to potential impacts from Hurricane Ian, the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will postpone administration of flu vaccines, the bivalent COVID-19 boosters, and the COVID-19 primary series until Monday, Oct. 3. Once the hurricane passes, and we’ve had a chance to assess the impact to our facilities, we will provide information on how you can receive your vaccine.

We cannot determine the exact impact of this hurricane, but we strongly encourage you to take this time to ensure you and your family are prepared. For tips and other information on how to make sure you are hurricane ready, please visit our Emergency Preparedness  webpage.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding as we continue working to safeguard the wellbeing of our Veterans and staff. To stay informed about  what’s happening within our healthcare system, please visit https://www.va.gov/bay-pines-health-care/operating-status/.

The federal government has paused sending free COVID-19 testing kits to Americans, effective Sept. 2. 

If you need a COVID-19 Test, please use the resources below:

  • We offer COVID-19 testing to Veterans enrolled in VA health care. Appointments are required. Veterans who wish to be seen at our CWY campus can call 727-398-6661 and press 2 to schedule an appointment with their primary care team. If you receive care at one of our other facilities, please use the information here to connect with your primary care team.
  • At-Home Tests at Retailers and Pharmacies: At-⁠home tests are available for sale around the U.S. Check with local retailers and pharmacies to see where at-⁠home tests are available.
  • Insurance Reimbursement for At-Home Tests: If you have health insurance through an employer or Marketplace, your insurance will pay you back for 8 at-⁠home tests each month for each person on your plan. Learn more about insurance reimbursement (scroll to number three)
  • 15,000+ Free Testing Sites: No-cost antigen and PCR COVID-⁠19 tests are available to everyone in the U.S., including the uninsured, at more than 20,000 sites nationwide. Find resources in your state